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Fantasy Soccer

Pick the Right World Cup Players, Win $100,000

How do you make today's World Cup action a tad more exciting? Would $100,000 do the trick? If so, you need to consider DraftStreet's daily fantasy game, which gives you a real chance to cash in.
BY staff Posted
June 26, 2014
7:50 AM
AS YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED, it has been a pretty exciting World Cup. And, as you’re also probably aware, ASN has teamed with Draft Street to provide even more excitement with daily fantasy World Cup games.

If you aren’t aware, DraftStreet is hosting one-day fantasy contests where you can win cash on every match day during the tournament. The entry fees range from completely free to hundreds of dollars and you can play in head-to-head leagues or up against thousands of other World Cup fans.

You can play in Salary Cap style leagues, or Pick 'em leagues. It’s all been leading up to their massive $100,000 contest today with the winner taking home a $20,000 first place prize. You can learn more about that here.

So how you going to take home all that dough? In previous weeks, we’ve discussed picking with your head instead of with your heart. Are the Americans going to score all that many? Will they push for a low-scoring draw so both they and Germany can advance? Your thoughts on those questions should determine your roster.

Think the U.S. will go for it? Then splash the cash to get Clint Dempsey and/or Michael Bradley. Otherwise, pass up on your American heroes. Belgium is through and hasn’t impressed too much yet this World Cup but there are a few attacking options—including Kevin De Bruyne for less than $15,000—which could help you to the big prize.

American defenders continue to be very cheap buys with Fabian Johnson costing just more than $7,000 and Geoff Cameron on offer for less than $5,000. Especially if the match is a low-scoring one, the potential return for these players is tough to ignore.

Algeria’s star man, Islam Silmani, is also available for a very low fee, with the forward setting you back just more than $12,000. Can he feast on a shaky Russia back line? He’s definitely a good pick if you think form will hold.

Joao Moutinho severely underperformed from a fantasy perspective in Portugal’s draw with the United States, and he might be worth taking a pass on again with Portugal unlikely to set the world on fire in its final group match.

In the tiered game, you can again pick Dempsey, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Thomas Muller in the first grouping. All three have the potential to perform, with Muller’s injury at the end of Germany’s draw against Ghana unlikely to affect him against the U.S.

Here’s another chance to snag some Algerians as well, with Rafik Halliche sitting in the seventh tier and offering the chance at some points.

It’s worth taking a look at Thibaut Courtois in both versions of the game. He’s been in fine form during the tournament and posted more points than any other available goalkeeper in the past week.

Ultimately the choices are yours. So what are you waiting for? Go get a piece of that big-money prize.

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